ANP: scenario is optimistic for the 14th round of oil field bids

 

The National Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) said on Tuesday (27) that the 14th Round of Bids for exploration and production of oil and natural gas has an optimistic scenario in the market. The agency held a public hearing on the subject, with the objective of discussing suggestions for drafting the final text of the edict and the draft of the concession contract.

The director of the ANP, Waldyr Barroso, said that he can not divulge the number of companies registered for the event so far. But he said that “it is a very optimistic scenario.” Entries began on May 18 and run through August 4.

According to Barroso, the 14th round arouses interest not only from large companies in the oil sector. “We have mid-sized and smaller companies with interest in the round of blocks, including an onshore focus,” he said. He stressed that this round “is very relevant on the world stage.”

The 14th Round will be held on September 27. According to the ANP, 287 blocks will be offered in the sedimentary basins of Sergipe-Alagoas, Espírito Santo, Campos, Santos and Pelotas and in the basins of Parnaíba, Paraná, Potiguar, Recôncavo, Sergipe-Alagoas and Espírito Santo, totaling an area of 122,6 thousand square kilometers.

According to the ANP, supply in high potential basins, new frontiers and mature basins allows opportunities for large, medium and small companies to participate in the exploration and production of oil and gas in the country.

The pre-announcement and the draft of the concession contract were submitted to a public consultation for a period of 30 days. During this period, according to the ANP, 24 interested parties presented their statements, with criticisms and suggestions to the two documents. The publication of the final notice and the concession contract is scheduled for July 20.

During a public hearing held on Tuesday, six registrants submitted their comments on the event. Among them, the Brazilian Institute of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (IBP), represented by the director Mauro Andrade. The institute defended changes in the writing of the edict and the contract “so that it becomes more attractive”.

Local content

The Brazilian Association of Machinery and Equipment Industry (Abimaq), defended at the public hearing that the edict makes clear the division of local content between goods and services. The text highlights only the overall percentage that should be employed, reaching 50% in some stages.

According to Alberto Machado Neto, representative of the entity, most of the local content used ends up being services “skipping the national industry producing equipment”. He emphasized that this round of bids “aims to develop the domestic industry.”

According to the director of the ANP, Waldyr Barroso, the demand will be analyzed by the technicians of the coordinating area of ​​the agency. “If [the suggestion] is against the policy it will be appreciated,” he said.

Hydraulic fracturing

The public hearing was also marked by demonstrations by two environmental organizations, 350.org and Coesus. Both denounced that the previous announcement of the 14th round of biddings of oil areas gives scope for the exploration of unconventional gas by means hydraulic fracturing.

According to the director of the ANP, Waldyr Barroso, the areas that will be tendered in this round are not conducive to unconventional exploration. “They were offered with the characteristics of conventional reservoirs,” he said.

Barroso admitted, however, that there may be occasional situations of areas that allow non-conventional exploitation. “This will be something that is not planned, punctual, and that will be analyzed case by case,” he said.

Source: G1

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